Not another silly article on Hand Hygiene! - page 2

I know we have numerous articles and threads on Infection Control and hand washing but it appears to me that the minority of healthcare workers actually are not washing their hands as often as they should. A sad fact is... Read More

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    Quote from psu_213
    I don't necessarily disagree with cleaning a shopping cart handle. However, that guy may have dug his Copenhagen out (or had another C diff attack in the bathroom and didn't wash his hands) right before he touched that tomato you are about to take home.
    Which is why I wash ALL fruit and veggies before I eat them.

    The folks who picked them may have used the portable toilet and didn't wash their hands.

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    Quote from Spidey's mom
    You are not crazy. I'm the same way. Wondering where that hand has been before I shake it.

    I also wipe off the handles of shopping carts before I touch them and open doors with the paper towel I dried my hand on.

    Just the idea of someone wiping their tush and not washing their hands and then going on to touch so many things . . . . .

    Money for one is very dirty - I hate it when a food person counts my money back with gloves on and then goes over to make a sandwich for the next person with the same gloves! I always say something!
    The glove thing drives me nuts too... wearing gloves serves no purpose if you wear the same pair of gloves all day long. I see people doing this in sandwich shops and cafeterias all the time.
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    I refuse to walk barefoot in the TSA area of airports. Sometimes i ask the agent when the mat was last sanitized. They usually act like I have three heads.
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    I refuse to walk barefoot in the TSA area of airports. I always have socks on, or have some with me. Sometimes i ask the agent when the mat was last sanitized. They usually act like I have three heads.
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    I thought of this thread last night when I went grocery shopping . . I grabbed a cart from the line outside and the handle was . . . STICKY!!

    Thank goodness for those anti-bacterial wipes as you walk in the door. Who knows what the "sticky" stuff was . . .
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    Quote from Spidey's mom
    I thought of this thread last night when I went grocery shopping . . I grabbed a cart from the line outside and the handle was . . . STICKY!!

    Thank goodness for those anti-bacterial wipes as you walk in the door. Who knows what the "sticky" stuff was . . .


    Ewwwwwwwwww
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    I am mildly obsessed with germs. I actually do wash/gel in and out of the patient room. I also clean my hands before I touch my face or eat. However, while Micro taught me how loaded absolutely EVERYTHING is with germs, it also taught me that the vast majority aren't pathological. And, if we maintain our own defenses (good skin integrity, adequate hydration, good nutrition) even if we do get exposed, most exposures won't result in illness. So I'm less worried about myself catching something, either in the hospital or out in the world, than I am about protecting my patients who don't have those good defenses.
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    Quote from Spidey's mom
    I thought of this thread last night when I went grocery shopping . . I grabbed a cart from the line outside and the handle was . . . STICKY!!

    Thank goodness for those anti-bacterial wipes as you walk in the door. Who knows what the "sticky" stuff was . . .
    Probably left over spit and snot from that toddler that had his mouth all over the handle.
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    Quote from tntrn
    I refuse to walk barefoot in the TSA area of airports. I always have socks on, or have some with me. Sometimes i ask the agent when the mat was last sanitized. They usually act like I have three heads.
    This is EXACTLY what I thought of the last time I flew. Not to mention the plane itself.
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    Quote from i_love_patient_care
    Yeah I saw a doctor taking off dirty wound dressings with bare hands, and then applying the clean ones right after that. No handwashing in between! I'd never dream of calling them out, but seriously, wow...
    Even as a CNA, I'll call them out in 1/2 of a heartbeat, no questions asked. And I have, many times. I don't care if they've been to school for 60 years, they will not touch my residents without the good old 20 second routine. They are not the ones cleaning up the c.diff stool, I am, and I tell them that, tactfully of course. They actually respect me in that regard now.


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